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Corporate Stewardship Council: Mannington Mills

Mannington Mills

NJ Audubon Staff Photo
NJ Audubon Staff Photo
NJ Audubon Staff Photo
NJ Audubon Staff Photo

Mannington Mills, Salem County, NJ

Mannington Mills, a privately owned flooring manufacturer, has committed to wildlife habitat enhancement and ecological stewardship at their headquarters and plant in Salem County. Prior to partnering with New Jersey Audubon, the company had restored 12 acres of its property from mowed lawn to native grassland, both to reduce maintenance costs and to create wildlife habitat. From 2008 to 2010, working with New Jersey Audubon, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S.D.A.’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, Mannington restored 15 acres of riparian zone habitat by converting former cropland to native grasses, trees, and shrubs, and removing invasive plant species.

Workdays included dozens of community members, from Mannington Mills employees to school science classes and elected officials. The workday participants enjoyed great weather and interactions with local wildlife—including a leopard frog and a star-nosed mole--while protecting water quality and improving habitat for bald eagles and other birds, as well as small mammals, reptiles, and amphibians.

These ecological stewardship activities complement the company’s other environmental sustainability initiatives, which include energy efficiency, waste reduction and materials recycling, and water conservation.

Riparian Restoration Project